The ability to conduct interdisciplinary research is crucial to address
complex real-world problems that require the collaboration of different
scientific fields, with global warming being a case in point.
To produce integrated climate-related knowledge, climate researchers
should be trained early on to work across boundaries and gain
an understanding of diverse disciplinary perspectives. This article
argues for social breaching as a methodology to introduce students
with a natural science background to the social sciences in the
context of integrated climate sciences. The breach of a social norm
presented here was to ask people whether the experimenter could
ride on an elevator alone. We conclude that the approach is effective
in letting students with a natural science background explore and
experience the power of social reality, and is especially suitable for
a small-sized introductory class.